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THE BALANGAY
Written on Sunday 12th of December 2010 by JOJO DE PANO JR
MABUHAY!

hi puh...
Written on Sunday 12th of December 2010 by Roland Guzman Morta
thank you for making us proud again..... hope i can join you in your next voyage....

Congratulation!
Written on Sunday 12th of December 2010 by Roland Guzman Morta
To the Voyage of the Balangay Team.... you made us proud again. You inspired me. i wish i can join you in your next journey...

KAYA NG PINOY..
Written on Monday 22nd of November 2010 by mary joy tan
hello to the team.. Thank u po sa pag bisita dto sa puerto princesa..have a blessed day! Godbless! Proud to be pinoy! :))

KAYA NG PINOY..
Written on Monday 22nd of November 2010 by mjoy
hello to the team.. Thank u po sa pag bisita dto sa puerto princesa..have a blessed day! Godbless! Proud to be pinoy! :))

Thank You...
Written on Monday 22nd of November 2010 by Lui Villadolid
Thank you for visiting Puerto Princesa City,

GODBLESS you all
Written on Saturday 20th of November 2010 by yrrehc
i saw your ship this morning at baybay here in Puerto Princesa,Palawan im so inspired,,,thank you for visitng our place,,,hope you liked it,,,muchas gracias!!!

Welcome to Puerto Princesa City
Written on Saturday 20th of November 2010 by Alejo Dotimas
Thank you for visiting Palawan, esp Puerto Princesa City. Have a nice stay here, our heroes.

Hello
Written on Thursday 18th of November 2010 by Phylis May Pechayco Clomata
Meeting you personally was really a great honor for me.....Hope you will pass-by our location again....God Bless you all!

Goodluck to Balangay Team!!
Written on Saturday 6th of November 2010 by Maria Paz Samelo
I am really inspired by your voyage and we will pray for your great success. More power to the team. KAYA NG PINOY!!proud to be a filipino!!God bless you all!!(^_^)

MABUHAY!
Written on Friday 5th of November 2010 by Qulapo
Good luck to the Balangay Team. You really are an inspiration to all of us.

May God Be In Your Speed!!!
Written on Thursday 28th of October 2010 by Beng
You are doing our country proud and promoting our culture and heritage. may your tribe increase and Godspeed:-)

Kudos to Balangay Team
Written on Wednesday 6th of October 2010 by Mohd Jun Langam
We the Filipino Community of Terengganu, Malaysia wishing you GOOD LUCK. May the winds continue blowing our heritage and culture among ASEAN nation.

MABUHAY!
Written on Monday 4th of October 2010 by Adela Ethel ging Raterta
You are prime examples of all that is admirable-- not just in the Filipino but in the human race. Godspeed!

simple message
Written on Sunday 3rd of October 2010 by tan the tourist guide
i admired yr courage and determination to finish this voyage.be patient u almost there.i always pray for your safe voyage.

Welcome to Kuantan Pahang Malaysia
Written on Wednesday 29th of September 2010 by Dato Shamsuddin Nawawi
My Wife and I welcome the crews of Balangay Voyage to Kuantan Pahang Malaysia. I am glad the Filipino community here had assisted you well.. Dato Shamsuddin & Datin Farida

picture gallery
Written on Tuesday 28th of September 2010 by kat loresca
so proud to see your pictures. although i would appreciate it more if you could add captions so your readers would know more of the activities that you do. cheers and happy sailing!

janet belarmino
Written on Monday 20th of September 2010 by rosita gregorio dumago
hi net. sana makabalik kau sa dito sa tawi-tawi gusto ko tlagang makita ang balangay.

people involved
Written on Thursday 16th of September 2010 by leijowelle
congratulations everyone! your courage and passion are truly amazing... but, would be possible, can you post a list of the names of all the people involved i this voyage? thanks...

sail on sail on...
Written on Sunday 29th of August 2010 by emmanuel q escarcha
have a safe journey, may the LORD our GOD bless you in your TRIP...padayun sa pag LAWIG sa kadagatan...

Just Logging In
Written on Wednesday 18th of August 2010 by Julius
Great voyage...great milestones...great responsibility...great opportunity! Long live the Balangays! long live the Butuanons! Long live the Pinoy!

tawi-tawi
Written on Thursday 12th of August 2010 by geoff a
sail over the waters of tawi-tawi. the badjaos used the lepa to sail the world. kudos to the team.

FROM BARCODE PASEO DEL MAR ZAMBOANGA CITY
Written on Saturday 31st of July 2010 by Dea Atilano
Really had fun with Capitan Ogi, Dale, Mike, and LJ... Sayang kulang ang oras! Hope to see you guys again! Enjoy our pabaon! :) From Dea and Noel

Good luck and God bless your voyage
Written on Saturday 31st of July 2010 by Dea Atilano
Hi!It was a great honor to have spent a little time with you on your last night in Zamboanga City.You are always welcome at BARCODE Paseo del Mar anytime. look for me, Dea or Noel. Keep in touch!

snhs jolo students are proud of you
Written on Sunday 16th of May 2010 by emery may asgali
I just want to let you know that the Sulu National High School students are proud of you...you and the Balangay was one of my topics last 2009 even before the voyage...GO///GO//GO

Ito ang Tunay na mga Filipino
Written on Saturday 1st of May 2010 by Kenneth and Alexandra Salazar
Sa ano mang bagay hindi talaga susuko ang mga Filipino! Mabuhay po kayong Lahat.At pag palain po kayo ng Dios.

pushing thru...overcoming
Written on Sunday 18th of April 2010 by Arch Almar Lambaco
Their tenacity should reflect the courage of our forefathers in cruising thru high seas of the Western Pacific. Von voyage!

amazed and proud
Written on Monday 12th of April 2010 by jessica canazares
we teachers of hizon elem of davao were vry grateful to meet you guys during our unwinding activities in kaputian, samal. we treasured that rare moments in our lives... mabuhay pinoy!!! go diwata!!!

Hurray to our Filipinos!
Written on Friday 9th of April 2010 by Millard Dalida
We are proud to see this boat and to meet the team that evening, May 29, 2009. Hurray to our beloved and courageous Filipinos and the crew. We are proud of you all.

We were there!
Written on Friday 9th of April 2010 by Millard Dalida
Our team "HIMIG" had the privilege to see the boat under construction on that Friday evening after arriving from the US via Japan. I am proud of our Filipinos!

Maaung Pag-abot BALANGAY team
Written on Friday 9th of April 2010 by dennis langote
Salamat sa Diyos... nakarating din cla dito sa digos city, davao... Proud kami naavot mo sa among dapit... God bless... Kaya ng Pinoy...

GO BLESS TO ALL BALANGAY TEAM....
Written on Friday 9th of April 2010 by dennis langote
Gud luck sa fag-ikot nyo sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo... God Bless at Kaya ng Pinoy...

Kaya Talaga Ng Mga Pinoy!
Written on Sunday 28th of March 2010 by Timothy Jeremiah Yuro
Alam ko na ginagawa ninyo ito para maipakita sa buong mundo na the FILIPINOs are the best! always Pray! and Ang masasabi ko lang congratz at sana tuloy na rin ang ikot ninyo sa buong mundo.

hi
Written on Sunday 7th of March 2010 by nikko mari geli
hi super ganda talaga ng balangay and we proud na pumunta kau sa island namin.. olutanga island..

astig
Written on Wednesday 3rd of March 2010 by lovevirlhaj
astig talaga team everest at ung pag travel nyo gmt ang balangay boat...hi s team everest..

thank u
Written on Wednesday 3rd of March 2010 by ANHSmercurianz
thank u 4 sharing ur experiences and coming to our symposium..GO BUTUANONS..GUD LUCK

thank you
Written on Sunday 28th of February 2010 by Ariel C Barrientos
Thank you for making Labason and DENR, Liloy a part of the history you are making. God speed and God Bless to you all.

great
Written on Wednesday 24th of February 2010 by Tom B
thanks for this.it highlights the cultural significance we had prior to spain,a period overlooked and unexplored.Keep advocating for the people!I hope their will be a documentary on this!

you inspire;
Written on Sunday 21st of February 2010 by aLanjay
kahapon,me & my 2girls climbed a hill.we are aiming for a higher hill you guys inspires us.specially mam carina na 2008 record holder pala!great to have met you all @ ozamiz

gratefuL&proud
Written on Sunday 21st of February 2010 by aLanjay
me&my daughters get 2 be on-board.sir rey,sir mark,mam carina & yong nag nag secure sa mga bata @ DIWATA.sana you are all ok.my privilege & honor to have met you guys.you guys inspires many. GODBLESS!

hello
Written on Sunday 21st of February 2010 by Emmiely Rose Tigley
... hello mga juyas and ates... where is your next destination after oroquieta???

pinoy ako!
Written on Saturday 20th of February 2010 by vanessa elyrose pongase
u guys made me so proud to be a FILIPINO.. Kaya ng Pinoy!

inspiration
Written on Saturday 20th of February 2010 by vanessa elyrose pongase
tnx pud kaau coz tungod ninyo,i was inspired to study harder in order 2 make my family and our country proud..bilib kaau q sa inyo courage & determination, and i hope i wil acquire those traits..

thanks a lot!
Written on Saturday 20th of February 2010 by vanessa elyrose pongase
thank u so much for visitng Ozamiz City and OCNHS.hope mubalik pa mo dri..

Ozamiz
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Nieleth Jalem
Thank you for letting us board into the MASAWA HONG BUTUAN and for your signatures! God Bless You all! Balik kayo soon sa Ozamiz City National High School

Ozamiz
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Nieleth Jalem
Thank you for letting us board into MASAWA HONG BUTUAN and for your signatures!!!!!

overwhelm!!!
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Krisjane Simbajon
im so happy that ur team was able to visit our place ozamiz... tanx!! balik kau uli... Von Voyage!!!

La Salle sharing
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Anna Bocar
it was my pleasure to see you guys. hope to see you again after you navigate Asia...

very inspiring
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Anna C Bocar
I was very happy to meet the very courageous men and woman in the Philippines. To Dr. Ted Esguerra.. thanks for the inspiring message you have extended to my daugther. VON VOYAGE

Ozamiz
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Marjorie Engcoy
Thank you for the lecture and experience, very inspiring. God Bless you guys...

aloha
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by mae divine
.....pwede ba kayo bumalik muli sa ozamiz city national high school

Iligan
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by Blessie Arocha
salamat sa pag dock diri sa city of waterfalls...Maayong Iligan & God Bless!

recwest lang
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by jhomari villarojo
pwede ba tunoloy kayo sa tubod lano del norte

hapy ko
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by jhomari villarojo
salamat nakita ko sa personal ang balangay boat sa ozamiz city salamat kaayo og bon voyage

tnx
Written on Friday 19th of February 2010 by claire minoza
tnx for visiting our school and we learned a lot from u guys.

Padayon!
Written on Saturday 13th of February 2010 by Janice Jim
Mabuhay! Maayong paglawig! Safe journey and good health to all! Blessings!

zambo
Written on Thursday 11th of February 2010 by charm
hello! when will you be in zamboanga??? really excited to take photos of you guys here... :D

manuhay
Written on Tuesday 9th of February 2010 by Elvie
Mabuhay Balangay, thanks for including Mahinog, Camiguin in your voyage. .Good luck. God is good all the time. .

nice one
Written on Friday 5th of February 2010 by rhoda mae ponio
i really appreciate the eagerness of the butuanon..in terms in expidition,..go..go..you can do it..God bless:..

regards
Written on Sunday 20th of December 2009 by jocelyn
merry xmas to our freinds who remember us in limasawa jovito, mike, lito,abdull, toto and to the crew of balangay

regards
Written on Sunday 20th of December 2009 by jocelyn
to all crew of balangay we are proud to our kapwa filipino keep safe for the next tour g8tings from gonzales group of limasawa merry xmas and hapy new year to all

Mabuhay
Written on Thursday 17th of December 2009 by Mayumi Yabut
Maraming salamat, patuloy nating aralin at balikan ang ating magandang kasaysayan at kultura. Only when we truly know who we are can we live out well our todays and tomorrows.

mUzTa na?!?
Written on Thursday 10th of December 2009 by kaRen
psSST...!!! kuYa Lito piRte nMn nimong aTaha. joKe Lng. pLz sEnd my RegaRdz to my idOL cAriNa and Pastor. gud Luck! & haPi tRip aLways.

Diwata ng Lahi
Written on Tuesday 8th of December 2009 by Orlee Francisco
to all the great crew of Diwata ng Lahi, Keep safe and be proud.. I shall follow your journey and pray for your safety all the time.. grettings from Toronto Ontario, Canada

comment
Written on Monday 7th of December 2009 by Dante Serato
Congratulations and Mabuhay!!!

comment
Written on Monday 7th of December 2009 by Dante Serato
Ships do ballasting with microorganisms from different sea regions.Conditions then was different from today.Thanks, wishing you success..Mabuhay

tnx
Written on Saturday 5th of December 2009 by Jane Ty
just wanna tnx Mr. Emata 4 granting d interview to the Angelette Staff.

hi
Written on Monday 30th of November 2009 by carla
hi to all the balangay team!! greatings from: jocelyn carla engnr. loloy miecar kiss lyndon a friend from limasawa island

hapi baday to abdull abdulla
Written on Monday 30th of November 2009 by jocelyn
hi to all the balangay team!! we would like to extend our regards to abdull and jovito.. to: abdull hapi bday pala!!

philippines
Written on Sunday 29th of November 2009 by key venyl
low...yzta n kmo dra>>>tga manapla n gli ah...ga skul ko sa manapla elementary skul>>.

MADYAW NGA PAG ABOT NGANI BTUAN!!!
Written on Sunday 29th of November 2009 by butuan city tourism office
people from butuan are happy to see the "Diwata ng Lahi"...such a great honor to us butuanon....Congratulation to you Sir Art!!! Mabuhay kayong Lahat!!!

Mabuhay! Welcome to Ancient Kingdom Butuan
Written on Wednesday 25th of November 2009 by Butuan City Tourism Office
were so excited to see you guys!!!!, although your coming will be postponed due to bad weather...we know you can do it!!! hopefully the people of butuan can see the "Diwata ng Lahi"... see you then...

galing ng website!
Written on Saturday 21st of November 2009 by joe valdivia
congratulations for having a very nice website! kudos to the web designers of the balangay voyage website! good luck to the voyagers! goodspeed!

Welcome
Written on Tuesday 17th of November 2009 by Vivian Visande
Welcome to Jagna!God bless to your voyage.

daisy jane
Written on Tuesday 17th of November 2009 by Daisy Jane
hi sa inyo, maraming salamat sa pag-visit sa station DYJP, si JANE po ito, happy talaga ako na na-meet ko kayo. di ako makapaniwala. hehehe. good luck sa inyong journey.. GO GO GO... KAYA NG PINOY...

Birthday greetings!
Written on Sunday 8th of November 2009 by Emma Ray Panaguiton
Happy Birthday to one of your Badjao crew Mr. Jubail S. Muyong! and Good luck to all of you in your voyages, we know YOU CAN DO IT, THE FILIPINO CAN TRULY DO IT!

Sail Away from Lapu-Lapu City to Argao
Written on Friday 6th of November 2009 by Tyler Berame
nindot kaayo bai. salamat sir art, leo, carina ug uban pang membro sa balangay team nga naa atong panahona sa byahe. lito congrats diay.

balangay-voyage
Written on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 by dhanielyn ramoneda
im one of the students who join in your seminar held in danao city.., im one of the students wearing pink, thinks for the lectures hehe...,

Balangay Dumaguete
Written on Wednesday 4th of November 2009 by Greg Morales
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=167775

welcome
Written on Sunday 25th of October 2009 by Jinky Garcia Guevarra
Welcome to the City of Bogo! Enjoy your short stay here!

hello
Written on Friday 23rd of October 2009 by fritzie amores
When i heard about this balangay voyage,, i know for myself that they can make it ...

BALANGAY is the great
Written on Tuesday 20th of October 2009 by Cathleen
BALANGAY is the great. we are proud that the BALANGAY team visit the SAGAYNON =) take care:)

nice one
Written on Monday 19th of October 2009 by ann
super proud kme specislly professor nmen sa university nmen..keep up!! congratulations po..

FILAMER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Written on Friday 9th of October 2009 by cazynie zonita
mabuhay ang balangay team.. happy trip and may GOD bless you all..

Batangnon
Written on Wednesday 7th of October 2009 by Jaiji Ramon Salazar
Mabuhay kayong lahat. Ingat na lang kayo. Salamat kay Leo at crew sa pictures

MABUHAY!!!
Written on Wednesday 7th of October 2009 by Marlyn Bolivar Jugao
Congratulations!! You are doing Butuan and the Philippines very proud!! God bless!! - from a proud Butuanon

Bacolod leg
Written on Sunday 4th of October 2009 by Agnes Lira Jundos
I am the Tourism Operations Officer 2 of the DOT Bacolod Satellite Office. In whatever way I could be of help to your docking in Bacolod City

Sailing Onward! Diwata ng Lahi Para sa lahat na Pinoy!
Written on Thursday 1st of October 2009 by Mayet
Mapayapang paglakbay! Hintay kami rito sa Guimaras..

Mabuhay!
Written on Thursday 1st of October 2009 by rodney
Congatulations for the job well done... Leg 1 ----done Leg 2 ----done More powers & Mabuhay! just curious on the end point of Leg 9 and the starting point of Leg 10

God be with you all the way....
Written on Tuesday 29th of September 2009 by Ana UMK
Gute Reise und Gottes Segen....Safe trip & Godbless!

Mabuhay!
Written on Saturday 26th of September 2009 by Wallei Bautista Trinidad
Mabuhay ang mga magigiting na PINOY!

Kaya ng Pinoy
Written on Friday 25th of September 2009 by Dean Red Forio Fadriquela
Mabuhay ang lahing Pinoy Proud ako at naranasan niyong makapaglayag sa aming lalawigan sa Romblon. Kasama kayo sa mga prayers ko. Good luck Core Crew and Badjao group.

HI
Written on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 by anne
Bon Voyage!

History Alive!
Written on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 by Michael
When people think of history impossible,history will just prove itself! Good luck guys for making history alive! Bon Voyage!

Voyage
Written on Wednesday 23rd of September 2009 by Gwen Hung
Great going. As i told you at the WTC I am following your voyage. ^_^ Gwen

hi..
Written on Tuesday 22nd of September 2009 by Jenny Lyn Carmona
hell0 every0ne... I am very h0n0red because i get t0 see the balangay up cl0se and pers0nal in Pola last sunday... i even get t0 meet the team. g0od luck guys!

Mabuhay ang Pinoy
Written on Monday 21st of September 2009 by Ellie Salvador
I am proud of you kababayan. Ellie

kaya natin yan
Written on Sunday 20th of September 2009 by jake
akoy isng mndaragt dn hndi lng s pinas kundi s buong mundo nkaya ko ang hirp n binigy ng dgat s akin kya alm ko kya nyu rin yn gud luck s mundo ng dgt kya ntn yn

Mabuhay!
Written on Tuesday 15th of September 2009 by Jau Agon
Bilang isang Pilipino at isang guro ng Social Studies ay sinusuportahan ko ang inyong layunin na ipagmalaki ang ating lahi! Mabuhay kayo!

IISANG BANGKA TAYO
Written on Tuesday 15th of September 2009 by kenneth fadriquela
Wow! sana sa banton island kayo dumaong dahil mas historical ang islang ito at mas related sa balangay. GOOD LUCK sa crew members ng balangay. mabuhay ang balangay. mabuhay ang lahing maharlika.

proud to be pinoy
Written on Sunday 13th of September 2009 by Marlo Modoc of ILOILO
good luck and congrats guys. were proud of you. mabuhay tayong mga pinoy

Blessings
Written on Friday 11th of September 2009 by Dr Jodes Coates
Godbless everyone on this hisoric voyage. Thanks for making us feel proud to be Filipinos, as always.

PROUD TO BE PINOY!
Written on Wednesday 9th of September 2009 by Sarah C. Setiar
MABUHAY VOYAGE OF BALANGAY! Amazing project! Sana po ipagpatuloy pa ninyo ang pagbibigay ng dangal sa ating lahi at pagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga Pilipino,lalong lalo na sa aming mga kabataan. God bless...

Mabuhay Balangay Voyage Team
Written on Saturday 5th of September 2009 by Danilo Narciso
Sapag lalayag sa karagatan..muling sinusundan ang bakas ng mga nakaraan nating ninuno..Sa isang pangarap, iisang mithiin ay tagumpay ng lahat ng pilipino..Sir Art at ang Balangay Team..maraming salamat sa inyo!..kayo ang insipirasyon ng pilipino..mabuhay po kayung lahat!

Congratulations!
Written on Saturday 5th of September 2009 by Rey Santiago
Congratulations! You are now entering the gate of our historic past. You are now opening the missing segment of our maritime history. Maganda and observations nyo re - sailing in harmony with nature (local fishermen stop going out to the sea upon seeing Pico de Loro blanketed with heavy fog because of Typhoon Labuyo).

Mabuhay ang Pilipino!
Written on Wednesday 2nd of September 2009 by Nerissa Langit-Profeta
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Maraming salamat sa pagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa ating lahi! Maraming salamat sa pagbibigay ng pagkakataong mangarap at gisingin ang ating mga puso at kaluluwa na kumilos upang tuparin ang ating mga pangarap. Totoong lahat...posible! Mabuhay po ang Balangay Voyage Team! Pagpalain kayo sa inyong paglalakbay!

Balangay Voyage Team
Written on Tuesday 1st of September 2009 by Jeffrey Santos
Goodluck to the team..im proud to be a Filipino!...KAYA NG PINOY....at sa muling pagbabalik

isang maalab na pagbati!
Written on Tuesday 1st of September 2009 by Owis Bolunia
congratulations! finally you are on your historic voyage! i wish you a safe and exciting voyage!

Congratulations!
Written on Saturday 29th of August 2009 by Johanna L. Matias
Congratulations! Your project is such an inspiration to all Filipinos, you make filipino people more proud of what they can do as Pinoy.

Von Voyage by Cillete
Written on Saturday 29th of August 2009 by Art Valdez
Thanks for your generous offer of documenting our voyage. Recording our travelogue,esp.the important activities in every port and showing it to our people using your powerful platform of visual communication will enable them to learn and appreciate thru the Balangay a chapter of our pre-colonial history. Who knows, it may stir up historical consciousness and rekindle that faith in ourselves that surely, we can really make it - "Kaya ng Pinoy."

Bon Voyage
Written on Monday 24th of August 2009 by Cilette Co
Dear Sir Art and team, we are looking forward to documenting your voyage. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

Good thoughts
Written on Sunday 23rd of August 2009 by Gwen Hung
I posted your web site for my family to check out your voyage. I am also looking forward to following it too. Gwen

All the best and Good Luck
Written on Tuesday 18th of August 2009 by Sonny Ongkiko
Kaya ng Pinoy! good luck and all the best for a wonderful voyage.

Mabuhay kayo- Art and team!
Written on Monday 10th of August 2009 by girl ruiz
It feels like it was only yesterday you were sharing your dream about Balangay over cup of coffee by Niagara Falls. Kudos and cheers to you and your team. As the song goes...row, row, row your boat...life is but a dream! You made as proud and believe again. Kayang-kaya ng pinoy... Girl and Mon Ruiz - Toronto, Canada

hi
Written on Friday 31st of July 2009 by nova
nice ng site nyo.. God bless sa voyage..

kaya ng pinoy yan
Written on Monday 27th of July 2009 by magellan2009
sir,mam.. sana marealize yan..pngworld record talaga ang pinoy..more powwer & god bless!

Ako ay Pilipino
Written on Sunday 26th of July 2009 by Metty Pellicer
Reading the article on the building of the balangay ( http://www.balangay-voyage.com/) and the voyage it plans to trace in the Philippine seas and on to Madagascar, it got me thinking. First of all the romance of it took my breath away, it is so marvelous. It is dazzling, so moving, it stirred pride and joy in my heart, Ako ay Pilipino. I am happy to observe that this inspirational project is conceived by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Undersecretary Art Valdez, the same person who put together the Pinoy Mt. Everest team in May 2006 and May 2007. Id like to believe that there are many people like him in government who are there to serve rather than to pillage. But then perhaps it is just time, for in every thing there is a season. While our historians are reinterpreting our history from our perspective, our artists and novelists are going back to our roots to find our soul. It was lost a long time ago when the Spanish friars baptized us to save our soul, then we reinvented it under the spell of the American dream. I am moving with the times, and this recapturing of our roots phenomenon resonates with me. The balangay voyage articulates that quest so elegantly. I fervently wish that it can attract the masses in all their ports of call and successfully convey that our ancestors, long before the Spaniards came, were skilled sailors and navigators and had been crossing the Pacific to Polynesia and to Africa in seaworthy watercrafts, and were as fearless and inventive just like any sailor worth his salt. But without a big movie star or musical artist or sports figure headlining their arrival, this message may just fizzle with the waves lapping the shore. Francisco Sionil Jose, our National Artist for Literature, and author of the Rosales Saga, a five-novel series that spans three centuries of Philippine history, is translated in 22 languages, but how many know of him or of his books? Until these books are transformed into blockbuster movies for the masses with big star names on the marquee, we are silent to the masses, and they do not hear Sionil Joses voice telling the story of how it really was. For 3 centuries, a span of 9 generations, the Filipino suppressed his soul in order to survive colonial rule. Through the centuries his self image was defined by the characteristics assigned by the friars and colonial officials, that he is inferior, childish, incapable of invention or learning, that he is weak, that he is ugly, that his value lies only in serving the master dutifully and completely. He believed this sincerely because defiance was met with severe punishment or death. He is given praise when he served well, ans so he became subservient, compliant, loyal, efficient and dutiful at his task. These earned him rewards and he began to feel good about himself so he concluded that his masters were really good, and he began to wish he could be like them. So he desired to have light colored skin, and blue eyes, he began to look for high noses in his offpsrings, and he imitated their ways and adopted their values. In time he forgot who he was, and as he accumulated rewards, he began to treat others like the way he was treated, for now there were those who has not earned sufficient rewards that were placed under his authority. At this juncture he completely lost his soul. So I am looking for role models who can show me that its beautiful to have brown skin and broad nose. Id like to see images of early Filipinos looking beautiful in aboriginal fashion, so I can attend cultural events in them instead of the Spanish terno. Id like to have a broader understanding of the Philippine Muslim conflict. They resisted Spanish colonization. Four centuries ago they were just one of many tribes, just like the northern datus who succumbed and accepted baptism. Catholicism made the rest of the Philippines an alien nation among its Southeast Asian neighbors, and this isolated us, unlike the American and Caribbean colonies. We were also very far away, and precluded migration, so that limited contacts of the natives to mostly officials and the friars. In the Americas, not only Spaniards but other Europeans migrated in droves and they came from various stations in life, and this influenced Spanish policy in administering the colonies. Id like to understand, given these differences among the colonies, is their journey to nationhood different from us? Must all the colonies go through the fight for independence, a dictatorship phase, and government corruption phase, and employment diaspora phase before developing unity and prosperity and national pride? I am elated by the balangay voyage and would like to be a witness to the fruition of a dream and maybe Ill catch them at one of their ports of call or maybe meet them in Madagascar.

Congratulations to the team
Written on Monday 20th of July 2009 by DENG
just want to congratulate the team for working on your dreams most especially for Mr Valdez. Your dream of sailing around the globe is now clearly materializing. God Bless u all with divine light divine love and divine protection.

Congratulations and Proposed Amendment
Written on Thursday 16th of July 2009 by Evan Garcia
As this is my first visit to the Balangay Website, although I did witness the official launch of the Diwata ng Lahi, please accept my warmest congratulations on this great venture. Bon voyage to our intrepid mariners who will retrace the searoutes of our distant ancestors. However, please permit me to suggest an amendment in your intro. It is very unlikely that the first Austronesians reached the Philippines by land bridges. Perhaps the intro could be rewritten?

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